"The captious turn of an habitual wrangler deadens the understanding, sours the temper, and hardens the heart: by rendering the mind suspicious, and attentive to trifles, it weakens the sagacity of instinct, and extinguishes the fire of imagination; it transforms conversation into, a state of warfare; and restrains those lively sallies of fancy, so effectual in promoting good-humour and good-will, which, though often erroneous, are a thousand times more valuable than the dull correctness of a mood-and-figure disciplinarian."
— Beattie, James (1735-1803)
(III, pp. 425-7)
Beattie, James. An Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth; in Opposition to Sophistry and Scepticism (Edinburgh: A Kincaid & J. Bell, 1770). <Link to ECCO>
Text from corrected and enlarged second edition of 1771. <Link to Google Books>